I’m so sorry to disappoint but I can safely say that there will be no finished socks for October. NONE! I started three, finished none. You know in my heart I am a fickle fickle bitch and while I was going to try and finish at least one knee high or maybe a Pomatomus (I’ve turned the heel and am into the second chart) I said fuck it!
OH MY GOD! WHA? WHAT IS IT?
Yes, sweet ones, it’s a seamed together Log Cabin. GASP!!!!
I know what you’re thinking. What’s gotten in to her?! First a finished Short Rows after 138 years and NOW she’s seaming log cabins? Could she actually be FOLLOWING THROUGH with her projects?! Settle down. It’s craziness I know. I had the squares in an exquisitely arranged pile on my dresser sitting atop some of the most beautiful quilting books known to man. They were lovely there – the ends hanging every which way and I could look at them and admire the stitches and the yarn and remember the gorgeous vacation where a lot of them were knit – maybe even catch a glimpse of some magic sand. But then I had a request to finish it. You know – one of those requests you sort of absolutely can’t refuse and I decided this time was as right as any.
It was hardly as bad as I thought. I seamed this baby up in a few hours while watching a super cute movie that I now have to watch everytime it’s on cable (basically I’ve got a crush on BOTH Reese AND Mark.) Kay, aka THE MASTER, had showed me once how to do a double crochet as a seam and I never really got the hang of it so I started to scootch around on the Internets and found that actual whipstich is a viable method of seaming afghans. Who knew? So I took out my handy dandy tapestry needle and started with two squares. After about five or six attempts – different yarn colors, different loops, fuck ups – I got my game plan on! Basically I ended up picking up the two bottom loops on the cast off (hold two squares together fronts facing – there will be two loops (?) for each bound off stitch – I picked the one at the bottom – the one you have to sort of dig for – I have no other way of explaining it.)
Right Side Seam
Wrong Side Seam
Once I started it was like I couldn’t stop. I used this picture as my guide so there was absolutely no fiddling with the layout. I’m fairly certain I took some time laying out the squares when I set up for the original photo shoot, so I wasn’t too concerned with how they would look all together. No, I never blocked the squares. There was only one instance where things got a bit wonky and for like five minutes I was sure I didn’t finish a block, it seemed so much smaller, but I cajoled it and it fit and I dare you to try and figure out which square it is. (Honestly, I don’t have a clue myself.)
Here’s another look at the seams:
So now I have to figure out what to do with the border. I’m probably going to take a page from MY GURU and pick up stitches on each edge and do some kind of stripe thing – like five of the light color – one ridge of the dark color – and end with the middle color. Then do solid dark color miters in the corners. Or maybe just light, medium – dark miters. Any ideas would be grand. But before I do any kind of border – I’m tackling this:
After short rows, I can weave in these babies with my eyes closed. Damn straight.
Details: Socks That Rock Heavyweight in the colors Beryl (dark), Jade (medium) and Limestone (light). US Size #5 Addi Turbos. Right now I’m on track to use 2 skeins of each color and the blanket currently measures about 32″x44″. I will probably have enough for the border – depending on how deep I make it.
So no socks. Sorry to disappoint. Next month for sure.
I’m off to see the kids for Halloween. We’ve got a parade tonight, a school parade tomorrow and then actual candy collecting tomorrow night. Apparently my niece has a different princess costume for each event. I’m looking forward to some baby love. I’ll be back on Thursday – hopefully with some cute Halloween pictures.
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